Miguel posted an update in the group Going to the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya 2 years ago
I’m new on this forum, don’t really know how it goes, but i’m just going to give you some advice about the Spanish GP in Montmeló. I was there in 2012 and 2013 (this one was amazing as Alonso won the race in front of this home crowd), and i have to say it’s probably one of the best F1 atmospheres in the world.
I guess you can sit on every grandstand during Friday practice. I’ve never went to the circuit on Friday as I had to go to school that day.
Let’s focus on Saturday. I’ve always got to the circuit on 8,30/9pm, but it’s not necessary to arrive so early, to be honest. If you buy a single ticket you can just take your seat and wait until the action starts. It’s nice to have a walk around the circuit as the sun starts to rise. My personal recommendation is to spend a couple of minutes at the entrance of the TV Compound near the access to the paddock, which is located close to the main straight. You may bump into Martin Brundle, David Croft, David Coulthard, or even Damon Hill or Alain Prost, as they all are constantly going from the paddock to the TV Compund and vice versa. I had the chance to have a quick chat with Brundle and DC last year, and they were really nice. Just take a bit of time to see some of the journos, camera assistants, and reporters really busy working.
As far as the viewing is concerned, the grandstand A is not only the best of the circuit, but also probably one of the best in the world. You can see the main straight (of course the start too), how the drivers approach to the first turn, Turn 1, turn 2, turn 3, and also the end of the little straight before turn 5. The reality is that you see almost half of the circuit from a single grandstand, and it gives fans a fantastic experience. The higher you’re sitting, the more you’ll see. It’s quite pricey, but it’s worth it.
Besides, it’s the best overtaking point of the track, that’s why you see plenty of action between all the cars thanks to the activation of the DRS. It’s just awesome. In 2012 I saw Schumacher’s crash with Bruno Senna, and I still remember the sound and how shocking it was. There’s quite a big screen in front of the grandstand to follow the race, but you don’t really pay much attention to it as almost all the action takes place in the first corners.
If you decide to get some tickets for the A grandstand, you won’t regret your decision, believe me :). At 6pm, just after the first GP3 race, you can access to the paddock for free.
On Sunday, it’s pretty much the same. The drivers’ parade is really enjoyable from this point, as all the drivers use their own car to say hello to the fans. It’s not like in other races where they are just having a chat on the bus. The race itself is fantastic as well, specially the start and the first laps. If you aren’t spanish, get ready to hear Alonso’s fans cheering all the time. They just don’t stop supporting him and shouting or waving their spanish flags.
So, i hope you take my advice into account. My dad has been in Monza, Silverstone, Nurburgring and Spa, and this is from him the best place to follow the action during a race, mostly because you can see 6 different points with plenty of overtakes.
We have general admission tickets. Where do you think the best place for us to go is. Never been to Catalunya so have no idea. Your local advice much appreciated. Also, from comments on this forum sounds like a taxi from Barcelona is the best bet. Getting there sounds easy, getting back to our hotel maybe less so. What’s your advice? We’d favour convenience over cost, one of our group (of four) is not comfortable walking long distances.
Mi personal advice is to book an hotel room in Granollers, a little town which is quite close to the circuit (about 10 minutes by car). Getting there from Barcelona shouldn’t too difficult, but you may find some other difficulties such as traffic jam, specially on Sunday morning.
Besides, being hosted in Granollers means that you’re getting to the hotel whenever you want (you can stay at the circuit to watch all the feature races and have a free walk around the paddock at 6pm). from Montmeló to Granollers aren’t busy.
The circuit is 23 kilometers away from the circuit. You may get stuck in traffic jam after qualifying, or even if you try to get back at 6 or 7pm , as the roads to Barcelona are ALWAYS busy and really bad signalized. On the contrary, the roads from Montmeló to Granollers aren’t busy.
My personal reccommendation is to try to book an hotel room in Granollers. Hotels there aren’t expensive, and certainly good located if you want to get back from the circuit at any hour.
Hi, i had forgot to tell you that you can also get a taxi from Granollers to Montmeló without paying much money. It may the best choice if you don’t rent a car or if there aren’t any busses available after qualifying or the race.